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Hindsman wins Peach Belt award

From staff reports

Clayton College & State University senior Jamika Hindsman led the Laker women's basketball team to a championship victory in the Heritage Bank Holiday Classic last week, and her efforts didn't go unnoticed by the Peach Belt Conference, as she was named Monday the PBC Player of the Week.

Hindsman, a guard from East Point, GA, received the honor after leading the Lakers to a couple of victories during holiday break, including 17 points, nine rebounds and four steals against Carson-Newman in the finals of the Heritage Bank Holiday Classic. She led the Lakers to a 76-54 win over the Eagles, handing the squad, at the time, only its second loss of the season.

In addition to her sparkling play against Carson-Newman, Hindsman also had 21 points, nine rebounds and three steals against Claflin University in the first round of the tournament. She opened Clayton State's holiday schedule of games with a 15-point effort against the State University of West Georgia. She shot over 50 percent from the field for the three games.

Jamika becomes only the third player since Clayton State began competing in the Peach Belt Conference in the 1997-98 season to receive the honor. Former Clayton State All-America and current Laker assistant coach Catreia Shaw was named Player of the Week twice in the 2002-03 season and once in the 2001-02 year. Former standout Joya Collier received the honor twice in the 1999-00 season and also twice in the 1998-99 campaign.

Hindsman is averaging a team-leading 16 points per contest and has led the team in scoring in seven of the last eight games, six of which have been wins.

She ranks second on the team in rebounding at seven boards per contest and is leading the team in assists and steals.

In addition, she is shooting a team-leading 50 percent from the floor.

Clayton State is 8-3 on the season and coming off an impressive 22-point victory over Carson-Newman, a squad that had only lost to Division I Jacksonville State before falling to the Lakers. CCSU will open its Peach Belt Conference schedule on Wednesday, traveling to face the University of North Florida in a 5:30 p.m. contest.

The Lakers will return home on Saturday, hosting Francis Marion University in a 2 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest.

Butts, Puckett earn MVP honors: Clayton State's Craig Butts and B.J. Puckett were named the co-MVPs of the Heritage Bank Holiday Classic, which concluded Sunday.

Butts averaged about 17 points, 6.5 rebounds over the three games while Puckett averaged more than 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Clayton State's Darien Chavis and Carlton Holmes also were na med to the all-tournament team.

Clayton State went 3-0 in the six-team event.

Upcoming games:

Jan. 5 at North Florida

Jan. 8 Francis Marion

Jan. 12 Armstrong Atlantic State

Jan. 15 Lander

Jan. 19 at Columbus State

Jan. 22 at UNC-Pembroke

Jan. 26 at Armstrong Atlantic State

Jan. 29 USC-Aiken

Feb. 2 Columbus State

Feb. 5 at USC-Upstate

Feb. 9 at Kennesaw State

Feb. 12 at Georgia College and State University

Feb. 16 North Florida

Feb. 19 at Augusta State

Feb. 23 Kennesaw State

Feb. 26 Georgia College and State University

March 1-6 Peach Belt Conference Tournament